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July 16, 2017

16th July 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (16th July 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 16th July 2017

International Current Affairs
  • The US House of Representatives has voted for three legislative amendments to impose tougher conditions for reimbursement of defence funding to Pakistan
    • The amendments make it conditional for Pakistan to show satisfactory progress in its fight against terrorism. 
National Current Affairs
  • Matunga suburban railway station in Mumbai has become the first station in India to be run by an all-women staff.
  • Union Minister MJ Akbar today said that the government is working towards setting up a passport centre every 50 kilometres in the country.
  • The Mumbai railways is going to introduce a software which will help commuters book tickets through Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes. 
    • The software will make use of SMS services, which will allow commuters without smart phones to book tickets. 
New Appointments
  • Indo-Canadian YouTube personality Lilly Singh, also known as Superwoman, has been named UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • ICICI Lombard General Insurance, a joint venture of ICICI Bank and Fairfax Financial Holdings, has filed draft prospectus for its IPO. 
    • This makes it the first non-life insurance company in India to file for IPO
    • Important Note : This is the second insurance company from ICICI group to go public.
  • Axis Bank, India’s third-largest private sector bank, has appointed search firm Egon Zehnder to look for a new CEO to succeed Shikha Sharma, who is set to step down next year.
  • Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved has been featured among the Top 10 most influential brands in India along with Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio, according to research firm Ipsos. 
    • Important Points to Note
      • Google has been ranked at the top, while Microsoft and Facebook are ranked second and third, respectively. 
      • The State Bank of India (SBI), the only financial institution on the list, moved up four ranks to the fifth position.
Awards & Honors
  • Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt won the Best Actor and Best Actress awards respectively for the film 'Udta Punjab' at the 2017 IIFA Awards
    • Sonam Kapoor's 'Neerja won the best picture award. 
    • Music composer AR Rahman was honoured for 25 years of his musical contribution.
    • Check complete list of IIFA Award Winners from HERE
  • San Miguel de Allende in Mexico has been named the World's Best City in a survey by Travel and Leisure magazine.
    • India's Udaipur has been ranked 14th in the list. 
    • Top 5 in the List :
      • San Miguel de Allende (Mexico)
      • Charleston (US)
      • Chiang Mai (Thailand)
      • Kyoto (Japan)
      • Florence (Italy)
  • The Tamil Nadu government has announced the State Film awards for six consecutive years from 2009-2014. 
    • Winners of Best Picture Category
      • Pasanga (2009)
      • Myna (2010)
      • Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011)
      • Vazhakku En 18/9 (2012)
      • Ramanujan (2013) 
      • Kutram Kadithal (2014)
Science & Technology
  • A US-Russia research collaboration at Harvard has created the world's most advanced quantum computer with 51 quantum bits, or qubits– the fundamental unit of information in a quantum computer. 
    • Note : A classical bit can store data in 0 or 1 state whereas a qubit can store both simultaneously. 
  • Maryam Mirzakhani (40), the world's first woman as well as the first Iranian to win the Fields Medal for mathematics died today of breast cancer. 
    • Mirzakhani, who was a professor of mathematics at Stanford, was awarded the medal nicknamed "Nobel Prize for Mathematics" in 2014.

Sports Current Affairs
  • Spain's Garbine Muguruza has today won the Wimbledon Women's singles title
    • With this she became only the second Spanish women's player in the history of tennis to win the wimbledon single's title.
  • Indian women's cricket team today defeated New Zealand to book a spot in the Women's World Cup 2017 semi-finals. 
    • Indian captain Mithali Raj recorded the joint-highest 50-plus scores in women's ODIs after smashing her 55th such score in the form of her sixth ODI hundred. 
    • With the win, India have joined England, Australia and South Africa in the semis.
  • Indian hammer thrower Damneet Singh won a silver medal in the boys' hammer throw event to give India their first medal at the IAFF World U-18 Athletics Championships in Nairobi today.
  • Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today inaugurated an 8-foot tall bronze statue of himself at the Balurghat Stadium in West Bengal. 
    • The statue has been installed by the South Dinajpur District Sports Association as a tribute to the former player. 
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